Postcards From Indy - Day 2

5:00 PM - Here are the links to today's team press conferences. UConn is posted here, while Notre Dame is here. Here's an interesting quote from Maya Moore about tomorrow's game: Q. Maya, you guys played Georgetown a week ago, and it was a familiar foe. Now you're playing Notre Dame for the fourth time. Is it kind of like if you were playing a little brother or sister or big brother, sister, you know each other well like in the backyard, that sort of thing? MAYA MOORE: We're definitely very familiar with each other, and I think that can make it tougher, just because both teams know what each other likes to do. So we're going to do a good job of trying to take that away from each other. So it's really going to come down to the little things, and whatever team has prepared the best and has the better will to win. In this situation it really does come down to who has the bigger will to win. UConn also swept the Associated Press awards this afternoon as Maya Moore was named player of the year and Geno Auriemma earned coach of the year honors. We also stumbled across this gem of a story written by Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer: She is in the unique position of having coached against all four Final Four teams this season. The link to today's photo gallery also is posted online here. We encourage fans to give it the facebook thumbs-up! Finally some closing thoughts: Conseco Fieldhouse really incorporates Indiana's basketball history into every nook and cranny of the arena. From listings of all-time players, to historical ABA photos, to local high school fieldhouses, you can easily see why Indiana is the self-proclaimed basketball capital of the world. Today's Did You Know: The Pacers were a former ABA team which incorporated into the NBA with the league merger in 1976. The team nickname was a combination of the state's rich history with the harness racing pacers and the pace car used for the running of the Indianapolis 500. 2:30 PM - House Maya Moore wins the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for women's basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. West Virginia senior Liz Repella and DePaul senior Sam Quigley also were cited on the Second Team. 1:00 PM - We're here onsite in Conseco Field House. Built in 1999, the arena is home to the NBA's Indiana Pacers and WNBA's Indiana Fever. It is considered to be one of the best sports facilities in the world, and modeled after nearby Hinkle Fieldhouse. In case you were curious, Conseco is local financial services organization. Team press conferences and open practices are set at 2:45 (UConn) and 3:50 (Notre Dame). There also is press conference for Associated Press Coach and Player of the Year awards around 4:15. 11:30 AM - It is officially a historic day in women's basketball history as UConn senior Maya Moore became the first person to win the Wade Trophy three times. Not surprisingly, Moore also was named to the State Farm WBCA Coaches All-America Team. She was joined by Notre Dame sophomore Skylar Diggins. In addition, numerous BIG EAST players were recognized as Honorable Mention selections: Keisha Hampton DePaul University Tiffany Hayes University of Connecticut Natalie Novosel University of Notre Dame Devereaux Peters University of Notre Dame Samantha Quigley DePaul University Liz Repella West Virginia University Angel Robinson Marquette University Sugar Rodgers Georgetown University 8:00 AM - What a nice event! The NCAA put on a wonderful evening officially welcoming the teams and fans to the Final Four. Titled a Cirque du Salute, it was an entertaining event hosted gracefully by ESPN's Sage Steele.